April 21, 2011 Subject:
Delightful-- and a bit of LA history, too!
I've lived in Los Angeles all my life, yet had not heard anything of this bit of LA history until I found this film. Many thanks to whoever uploaded it to IA, and to mikew3 for filling in the details.
I've also laughed at the antics of Spike Jones since I first heard his recordings played on the Dr. Demento show some 30 years ago. I've seen film of his performance before, but so long ago that I cannot recall my impressions. In this film, he doesn't appear to be having any fun, but looks instead like he is approaching his music-making with a totally professional and workman-like attitude, and a good measure of boredom. That took the fun out of his bits for me.
September 28, 2009 Subject:
Follows the Breneman radio show closely ... the movie looks exactly how I'd imagined the place and personalities.
Includes some "workaday" details that most movies don't show, such as how to drive an electric car. Also includes some fine jazz by Nat King Cole.
Plot is contrived, but that doesn't matter.
July 22, 2009 Subject:
boy meets girl
Boy meets girl, they like each other then she takes off and the run around to find her begins. Substory about the radio show works very well.Overall it is sugar and spice and all things end happily ever after.
August 10, 2007 Subject:
They just don’t make them any fluffier, or more endearing, than ‘Breakfast in Hollywood’. The war was over, the boys (and girls) were coming home, Right had triumphed over Might and, well, what was so wrong about trotting out an old fashioned ‘Boy Meets Girl – Boy Loses Girl – Boy Gets Girl’ plot, especially with such a solid cast and entertaining songs. I admit, Spike Jones & His City Slickers are an acquired taste, but I’d watch the show again just for the two swingin’ numbers by the Nat King Cole Trio (billed as the King Cole Trio). I also have a soft spot in my heart for Bonita Granville (of Nancy Drew fame) and Zasu Pitts (The ‘funny hat’ lady in this flic). I should also mention the boy crooner, Andy Russell (born Andres Rabago Perez in East L.A.), who had a number of chart-toppers between 1944 & 1952 (when Rock ‘n Roll edged out this smooth singing balladeer).
The star of the picture, is the affable if somewhat shameless self-promoter, Tom Breneman. From 1941 through 1948, he was the host of the hit morning radio program, ‘Breakfast in Hollywood’, which was broadcast over NBC’s Blue Network from his own restaurant (Tom Breneman’s) on Vine St. near Sunset in Hollywood. The show featured quirky interviews with the regular guests (99% of whom were women) and brief chats with celebrity guests. An amusing aspect of the show was the way in which he always managed to interject the sponsor’s name into one of these interviews (noticeably absent in the film!). Of less radio merit, but a huge hit in the studio/restaurant, was his routine of choosing what he considered the most ridiculous of all the ladies’ hats and putting it on his head (women’s-hat-bashing was a popular pastime of the 1930s & 40s – at least amongst men).
Tom Breneman was born Thomas Breneman Smith somewhere in Pennsylvania on June 18, 1901; and died in Encino, California, on April 28, 1948. The film, ‘Breakfast In Hollywood’ was his first and last movie.